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Savage Grace (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 January 2008 (Spain)
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A dramatization of the shocking Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case, which happened in a posh London flat on Friday 17 November 1972. The bloody crime caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic and remains one of the most memorable American Tragedies...

Director:

Tom Kalin

Writers:

Howard A. Rodman (screenplay), Natalie Robins (book) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Barbara Baekeland
Stephen Dillane ... Brooks Baekeland
Anne Reid ... Nini Daly
Martin Huber Martin Huber ... Aschwin Lippe
Minnie Marx Minnie Marx ... Midge Vanden Heuvel
Jim Arnold ... Joost Vanden Heuvel
Mapi Galán Mapi Galán ... Simone Lippe
Barney Clark ... Tony at 12
Abel Folk ... Carlos Durán
Belén Rueda ... Pilar Durán
Simón Andreu ... Jean Pierre Souvestre
Eddie Redmayne ... Antony Baekeland
Elena Anaya ... Blanca
Unax Ugalde ... Black Jake Martínez
Melina Matthews ... Lorna Moffat
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Storyline

The true story of the beautiful and charismatic but mentally unstable Barbara Daly, who married above her class to Brooks Baekeland, heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune. Their only child is a failure in his father's eyes, and as he matures and becomes increasingly close to his alienated mother, the seeds for tragedy are sown. Written by Anonymous

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Truth is more shocking than fiction. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Spain | USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

25 January 2008 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Okrutna milost See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,311, 1 June 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$434,417, 17 August 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shot in Spain. See more »

Goofs

When Tony meets Blanca on the beach, he first talks to Jake. As Tony and Blanca chat, and she decides to turn on her radio, a woman inexplicably appears on Tony's immediate left, as though she knows them. When Blanca starts dancing in front of Tony, the other woman is gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Antony Baekeland: I was eating a tomato at tea time a few weeks ago, and I suddenly realized that mommy is not dead at all. Just very, very mysterious.
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Soundtracks

Lullaby for Tony
Written and Performed by Dawn Landes
(c) Cropduster Music (BMI)
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A provocative film just for the sake of being provocative
6 April 2008 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a rich but dysfunctional family trying to hang on to each other, ultimately destroying everyone's happiness.

I saw this film only because Julianne Moore is in it. Moore is a fine actress who starred in a lot of high quality films. I was hoping "Savage Grace" would be as good as her other films, but I was disappointed.

I find the story slow and poorly developed. Mr & Mrs Baekeland's poor relationship is satisfactorily portrayed, but from this point onwards the film goes downhill. Things happen without buildup and are poorly explained. The final ending is simply ridiculous, as the unexpected twist on Tony's mental state feels very contrived and unconvincing.

"Savage Grace" could have been a thought provoking and engaging drama. Instead, it fails to be engaging, and the characters not sympathetic. In my opinion, the story unfolds provocatively just for the sake of being provocative.


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